FREDERICTON (GNB) – The rollout of booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been completed for residents at New Brunswick nursing homes. The process continues at adult residential facilities, with 82 per cent complete. The rest of those facilities will be done by the end of the month.

“We know residents of these facilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19 if they catch it,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “By providing boosters to these residents, we can improve their protection and reduce the risk of them being hospitalized or becoming severely ill.”

The number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 remains stable, currently at 16.

There are 10 people in an intensive care unit; nine are unvaccinated and one is fully vaccinated.

There are 16 people in hospital, including the 10 in intensive care. Of those 16 in hospital, 13 are unvaccinated and three are fully vaccinated. There is currently no one 19 or under in the hospital.

Public Health reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 recoveries today. The number of active cases is 523.

Of the new cases, 34 – or 65 per cent – are unvaccinated, one person – or two per cent – is partially vaccinated and 17 – or 33 per cent – are fully vaccinated.

Rapid-screening kit pickup program

Mobile pickup sites are open to provide New Brunswickers with easier access to rapid-screening kits.

On Monday 2,540 kits were distributed.

A full list of rapid-screening kit pickup sites is available from both Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network.

All locations will be open during their scheduled hours or until the daily supply has been given out. New supplies of test kits will continue to be delivered to the pickup locations throughout the week.

More information about the kits is available online.

Circuit breaker reminder

The following areas are currently under a circuit breaker: Zone 1 (Moncton region) as far north as and including Sainte-Anne-de-Kent and a large section of Zone 2 (Saint John region) which includes New River Beach and Lepreau, north to the communities of Clarendon and Welsford, east to the community of Head of Millstream, and all communities in Saint John and Kings counties.

More information about the circuit breaker rules, including a detailed list and map of affected communities, is available online.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 86.1 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 92.9 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities – and residents of First Nations communities can book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose of a vaccine. They must bring their proof of vaccination, i.e. immunization record, to their appointment.

People 65 and older and school personnel are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fully vaccinated people who have received one or two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in their series are permitted to book an appointment to receive an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose if 28 days have passed since their second dose.

Appointments for first and second doses, as well as a booster dose for those eligible, can be scheduled at a regional health authority vaccination clinic through the online booking system or at a participating pharmacy. Residents of First Nations communities can also book an appointment at a community clinic.

A list of upcoming clinics is available online.

Regional breakdown of new cases

The 27 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • 10 people 19 and under;
  • three people 20-29;
  • six people 30-39;
  • three people 40-49;
  • two people 50-59;
  • two people 60-69; and
  • a person 70-79.

Twenty-three cases are under investigation and four cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The nine new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • two people 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • a person 30-39;
  • two people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59; and
  • two people 60-69.

Five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and four are under investigation.

The eight new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • two people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • three people 30-39; and
  • a person 40-49.

Six cases are under investigation and two are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The eight new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are as follows:

  • a person 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • three people 30-39;
  • two people 50-59; and
  • a person 80-89.

Four cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases and four are under investigation.

“The continued increase in cases in Zone 1, the Moncton region, is concerning,” said Russell. “The circuit breaker measures work, but only if everyone follows them. I encourage people in this region and across the province to do everything within their power to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Confirmed cases in schools and child-care facilities

Information on cases in schools is available on the Healthy and Safe Schools website and the COVID-19 dashboard.

Since Sept. 7, 68 early learning and child-care facilities have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with two or more symptoms of the virus is urged to request a test online to get an appointment.

If you have been at the site of a possible public exposure, but remain asymptomatic, you may be able to pick up a rapid-screening kit (while supplies last).

A map of potential public exposures can also be found on the COVID-19 dashboard.